Written by Fense
I recently joined Jon Rooney on a trip to a record convention in which we perused piles and piles of albums in various collections. On this journey I snagged two 7â€ singles, one by The Wedding Present and one by The Smiths. As we hit Seattleâ€™s Capitol Hill neighborhood where Rooney resides, he mentioned he had a few albums for me, two of which were Morning Spy (MySpace) releases.
Prior to checking out 2005â€™s The Silver Age and 2004â€™s Subsequent Light, I was only familiar with Rooneyâ€™s more recent project, Virgin Of The Birds (Last month I posted a live review of him playing under that moniker at a Ball of Wax release show). Where Virgin Of The Birds is more folk-pop, Morning Spy is on the rockinâ€™ side of indie-pop.
These albums are packed with lovable pop gems, like â€œPrincess Vancouverâ€ and â€œTwo Horsesâ€ from The Silver Age, and â€œI Am The Timeâ€ (one of several female-fronted tracks from Morning Spy) and â€œDaughters Of Historyâ€ from Subsequent Light. Both can be found on Rooneyâ€™s own imprint, Abandoned Love Records. Iâ€™ve included â€œPrincess Vancouverâ€ and â€œDaughters Of Historyâ€ below for your listening pleasure.
Morning Spy: Princess Vancouver [mp3]
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Morning Spy: Daughters Of History [mp3]
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